Influenza is a viral infection prevalent in the Winter months, and outbreaks in hospitals and local communities can be deadly if vulnerable people are not vaccinated. BMJ Best Practice has a lot of information on influenza infection, diagnosis and prevention. Read more here
The Department of Health, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS
England has today announced a series of changes to the current vaccination schedule to include three new vaccination programmes, which protect against flu, shingles and rotavirus, as well as updating the current meningitis C vaccine schedule.
There will also be a shingles vaccination programme introduced for people aged 70, with a catch-up programme for those aged up to, and including, 79 years. Shingles is an infection of a nerve that causes pain and a rash along a band of skin by the affected nerve. Continue reading